10 Thing Friday

1. HBO is turning Prep into a series and I am THRILLED. I read Prep the summer after I finished my master’s degree and I remained obsessed with it for years. It resonated with me at that time in my life because I was going through some significant changes with friendships and relationships, and completely pivoting on who I wanted to be when I grew up (little things like get a doctorate instead of get married. Bye, boyfriend.). Sounds like I need to give it another re-read! The novel has the most perfect character names of all time. Cross Sugarman! Gates Medkowski! Darden Pittard! ASPETH MONTGOMERY!!!!!

2. Go Fug Yourself has a tribute to photos that Common took at the Oscar Nominees’ luncheon that look very much like they belong on a self-help book. I thought this was hilarious, but you also get to look a numerous pictures of Common which is always a good day in my book.

3. This article, “Stacy London On Her Year Of Going Broke,” was worth reading. It is terrifying how health issues can derail us so severely.

4. Last week, I randomly stumbled across Fearless on Amazon Prime after I noticed that it stars the endlessly amazing Helen McCrory. Since I absolutely cannot say no to anything that she is in, I started watching it. And then I couldn’t stop. It also stars Wunmi Mosaku who is fantastic and has no time for your nonsense.

5. The most important day of the year, Galentine’s Day, is next week! Get your gals together and celebrate your love for each other!

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6. Two ingredient Nutella brownies. You can make them for your lover next week, or to treat yourself for not settling for of all of those previous relationships that just weren’t the right fit your high level of awesomeness.

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I’ll be enjoying them with a glass (or two or four) of wine and my TV who always supports me and gives me exactly what I want.

7. I am REALLY pumped for Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence. I love a good lady spy movie, but I really love a good Cold War lady spy movie. This would be a great movie to watch on Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t come out until March.

8. I am super pumped for figure skating, but the toll that it takes on the bodies of these young skaters is significant. “Success of Russia’s Female Figure Skaters Takes a Toll in Injuries and Stress.”

I am going to miss Evgeni Plushenko SO MUCH these games. His Instagram is a real treasure.

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9. I am thrilled with the second season of Victoria thus far. I am so pleased that they are exploring her struggles to connect with her children, cope with postpartum depression, and to find joy in motherhood.

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I enjoy Victoria and Albert’s relationship so much this season. They squabble a lot over dumb stuff, but I adore them. It’s also nice to see Victoria finally feeling confident enough in herself to trust her gut and take a stand on issues that are important to her. Finally, you can read more about the question of Albert’s paternity here.

10. To tide me over before Black Panther comes out next weekend, I’ve been enjoying the soundtrack. This week the music video for “All The Stars” came out and holy moly it is gorgeous. The movie looks incredible, and if it is even 10% as beautiful as this video, then I am just going to cry the entire time.

Could SZA be anymore talented? Good grief. One person should not get to be that breathtaking.

22 thoughts on “10 Thing Friday

    • Yes!!! This movie is getting the attention and respect it deserves. I cannot wait! Common is such a treasure.

  1. Did you read Red Sparrow? The spy stuff is fascinating (the guy who wrote it is former CIA) but some of the sex parts are cringe-inducing. I haven’t decided yet if I want to watch the movie because the male lead they cast is so different from how I pictured him! Plus, they were around the same age in the books, if I recall correctly, and that actor is 15+ years older than J-Law…

    • I have not read it because I didn’t know it was a novel! I find it so strange that they often have J-Law in roles where she is playing women 10-15 years older than her. Like in American Hustle. You really couldn’t find an actress in her late 30s or early 40s for these roles?

  2. OMG PREP – WHAAAAAAAA?!?!?!?!? I thought I was the only person who loved Prep (from what I remember, it didn’t have great reviews) so this HBO news is AMAZING (although I don’t get HBO but think I can watch via On Demand somehow). I want to know who is going to be cast! You just made my Friday. Thank you dear.

    • Same!!! I feel like it’s something I loved, but it didn’t really resonate with anyone else I know! Prep friends!

  3. That Stacy London article was interesting. Of course, as you’re reading it, you can’t help but think “STOP SPENDING, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” and privilege comes to mind several times. But, I also think she’s making a valuable point about how emotional pain can lead to all kinds of irrational decisions. It’s not that the person is irresponsible, exactly. It’s that they are so hurt they are grasping for anything to hang on to.

    I would love to see more people have this perspective when they start scoffing at people living in poverty who by big screen TVs or something. The stress, depression, and isolation that poverty creates–and the coping mechanisms it may lead to–deserves attention and understanding rather than judgment.

    • Exactly! Pain, depression, and stress lead to a lot of irrational decisions. I’ve certainly made very stupid purchases in an effort to try and find SOMETHING that brought me joy, but instead, it just stressed me out more. And sometimes dealing with stress and pain leads to eating too much, drinking too much, or other kinds of overindulgence in an effort to cope. The degree to which people living in poverty have to constantly deny themselves everything is constant misery. Constantly saying no to small pleasures (coffee, flowers, happy hour), a nice home with decorations, basic comforts (a good mattress, comfortable shoes, clothes that fit well), a healthy lifestyle (time/resources to exercise, high quality healthy food), and so many more things like vacations, hobbies, fun gadgets, buying shoes just because you like the color…

    • It pains me to admit, but I can identify with Stacy London and her spending. While going through an incredibly difficult trying personally and professionally, I spent money I didn’t have in an effort to attempt to forget the pain. Spoiler-it didn’t work-but no chance sad me could’ve seen that in the moment. It took getting counseling and meds to get me through.

      Also, super excited for Prep. I listened to Eligible on audiobook and loved it.

      • I think it is hard for most of us to get through challenging times without turning to something as a crutch to distract us from the pain. Whether that be spending money, eating too much, drinking too much, dangerous or unsafe sexual encounters, not eating enough, exercising too much, or abusing medications or drugs. I can’t really think of anyone I know who has made it through a hard time without some choices they wish they hadn’t made, and I’m certainly guilty of it myself. Glad that you’re on the mend and taking care of yourself.

  4. YES. Helen is the shit. So I know you must love Peaky Blinders as much as I do. I am working diligently on perfecting Poll’s pursed-lip smirk, and no one has ever made me want to take up smoking the way she does.

  5. Curtis Sittenfeld is my FAVORITE author. Prep is actually my least favorite of all her books (which I think speaks more to the quality of her other books than to the lack of quality in Prep). Have you read any of her other books? The Man of my Dreams is probably my favorite, but hard to say. American Wife is also killer.

  6. I still occasionally think about that truly iconic promo NBC ran during either the 2010 or 2014 Olympics (I think 2010) which basically made Plushenko into a Cold War villain, talking about his opponents like “you need always fighting, fighting with your enemies…”. It was magical and I cannot find it ANYWHERE on the internet

    • YES!!! I know exactly what you’re talking about. It was for Vancouver in 2010 because they were already saying he was too old! He has not time for his haters!

  7. Have you watched, “The End of the F**king World” yet? It’s on Netflix and is fantastic. I thought it would be your standard manic-pixie-dream-girl meets awkward teen boy but it is so much more than that. It’s a quick watch and Wunmi Mosaku plays a badass detective. I highly recommend.

  8. How did I not know about Prep? I love Eligible & The Man of My dreams, so clearly I need to go buy Prep. Side note: Sittenfeld’s brother is one of our city council members here in Cincinnati, and he is amazing.

    I’m also really excited for Red Sparrow, especially since Sergei Polunin will be in it. His documentary, Dancer, gave an interesting & sometimes heartbreaking view of what it was like to train from an early age.

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